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$60,000 raised for Adventist Hinsdale Hospital at ‘Dancing’ event

Stars are pictured in the back row, from left: Regina Walker, Dr. Lisa Franco, Dr. Marisa Saint Martin, Shawn Tyrrell, Dr. Gayle Simmons, David and Heidi Crane, Craig Milkint, Dr. Michael Hickey and Jim Karas. In the front row are the professional dancers.

Hinsdale – More than $60,000 was raised for Adventist Hinsdale Hospital at “Dancing with Our Stars: Mad Men Style,” a Hinsdale Hospital Medical Staff Auxiliary fundraiser. The successful event took place Feb. 25 at the historic Willowbrook Ballroom in Willow Springs.

Proceeds will benefit a cancer and outpatient center planned to be built on Ogden Avenue to serve patients of Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial hospitals.

“Who would have guessed Hinsdale was home to so many talented dancers?” asked Susan King, executive director of the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation. “In addition to showing off their moves, community members raised a significant amount of financial resources to support Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Our new outpatient cancer center will enable us to continue to provide world-class care and treatment.”

Dance performances featured physicians, staff members, and community residents paired with professional dance instructors from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Burr Ridge, a co-sponsor of the event, as well as a performance by the auxiliary’s Junior Board.

“We were determined to surpass the success of our first Dancing with Our Stars event, held two years ago, and we’re thrilled to say we did that,” said Dina Kritsas, president of the Hinsdale Hospital Medical Staff Auxiliary.

The “stars” dancing at the event included:
• Kimberly Arquilla
• Craig Milkint, PNC Wealth Management, Hinsdale
• Dr. Dwight Kett
• Dr. Marisa Saint Martin
• Dr. Gayle Simmons
• Shawn Tyrrell, chief nursing officer, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital

Event chairs were Kimberly and Venanzio Arquilla. Venanzio is a member of the Adventist Midwest Health operating board and former Hinsdale Hospital Foundation board member.

“Venny and I were thrilled to chair this event because supporting the hospital means a great deal to us,” said Kimberly, a Hinsdale resident. “Adventist Hinsdale Hospital took excellent care of my father-in-law, Primo, who had terminal cancer. The staff was expert, caring and compassionate. We were glad to help the community become more aware of what a great hospital we have in our own backyard.”

The event theme was taken from two popular television shows, “Dancing with the Stars,” and “Mad Men,” about Madison Avenue advertising in the early 1960s. Many guests dressed in period clothing from the 1960s.

“There aren’t too many causes for which I’ll put on my dancing shoes,” said David L. Crane, president and chief executive officer of Adventist Midwest Health, “but we have such a great partnership with the Hinsdale Hospital Medical Staff Auxiliary that I was glad to do it.”

Fred Astaire Dance Studio offers ballroom and Latin dance instruction at all levels – from beginners to seasoned competitors – in a convenient Burr Ridge location. The studio also features youth classes and Zumba Fitness classes.

For more information on the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation, call (630) 856-2001.

Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit

Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,; 630-856-2354